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The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1)

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“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges fro
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 18th 2012 by Scholastic Press
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Mawkingbird Not at all. Don't worry about obsessive sparkling young men with strange eyes and inhuman strength. You won't ever feel thoroughly creeped out by the…moreNot at all. Don't worry about obsessive sparkling young men with strange eyes and inhuman strength. You won't ever feel thoroughly creeped out by the main characters, and the female protagonist is not a passive one at all. She gets things done, has her own opinions, and while she does have some feelings regarding 'love', the focus is not at all on that.(less)
Bookworm12 J Yes,this is a series.It's called the Raven cycle.It's a quartet.The third book came out pretty recently.The fourth book is to be published in 2015.
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Wendy Darling
On a cold night every spring, sixteen-year-old Blue and her psychic mother wait in a churchyard for the dead to arrive. Her mother is usually the one who sees the spirits of people who will die within the next twelve months, but this year, Blue herself is startled by the sad, desperate sight of a boy named Gansey falling to his knees before her.

"There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark's Eve, Blue. Either you're his true love...or you killed him."

With those chilling
Post Reading
4.5 stars

Absolutely adored this book! An amazing start to a new series and Ms. Stiefvater's writing style & story telling just gets better and better.

Before Reading
Maggie! A new series by Maggie!

Can't wait for you, Raven Boys!!

Up until the very end, I was so sure The Raven Boys would be making an appearance on my top favorites list. Maggie Stiefvater’s latest book has everything I want from a great reading experience, a complex narrative, an intriguing and highly developed cast of characters, an utterly haunting style of writing that just blew me away from the first sentence recounting a dire prophecy. Sadly, my enthusiasm dampened somewhat once I sensed Stiefvater was trying a bit too hard to set up a new series, lea ...more

Really really liked this!
Emily May
Quirky loner girl meets privileged rich boy(s). Forbidden love and angst ensue.

I seem to have this habit. For the past couple of years, I've mostly been deliberately avoiding paranormal YA from authors I don't already love. The genre is a hard sell for me, filled with tropes that lead to low ratings and irritated reviews. But really, what tends to happen is this: the first book comes out and I avoid it, look the other way as other bloggers get excited and fangirl over the upcoming sequel.

Then t
That is the BEST last line I have read in a while.

This book is strange and magical and also gritty at times, and I would recommend it to everyone.

Well, anyone who likes strange.
The synopsis for The Raven Boys is what first attracted me to this novel. A girl from a clairvoyant family who sees her first "soon-to-be-dead" ghost, the ghost of a boy who is currently a high school student, the ghost of a boy who she can't fall in love with. Because she's pretty sure what kills him is their first kiss. I know! This sounds exactly like a book for me. I was highly intrigued by this premise and especially excited by all the wonderful reviews it has gotten thus far, but I soon ca ...more
Oh dear god, after Iron King, the memory of this book is like chocolate to me. Yes, I know, I didn't even read it that long ago, but like, remembering what I read of Iron King, and then comparing it to what I read in The Raven Boys, it's like... mud and nutella. Yes, they're both brown but-- actually, probably not a good idea to go into that.

Ahem. So. Like almost every other YA book, I wanted this because of its shiny beautiful artistic cover.

Like wow. Have you looked closely at this? Check o
2 1/2 stars

When I first started this book many months ago, it fell right into not one, but TWO of my worst book dealbreakers. To quote myself from six months ago (because we all know how much I love to do that):

“Forbidden Love ­+ YA

= No. I just can’t handle it anymore. I can’t handle whatever crazy-ass excuse (different classes, different species, he’s a murderer, he’s a sociopath, he’s a stalker but he’s oh so HOT anyway…) will be used to keep the love interests apart. And even MORE than that,
I'll admit it - I'm a sucker for a guy with the ability to command a room, his peers, and total strangers by the tone of his voice, his vocabulary, and the absolute knowledge of who he is. He has money, or he will, and he knows it. If there's a dilemma he wants to solve, he'll solve it. If an injustice annoys him, he will right it. Insecure superiors are a bit afraid he makes them something less just by sharing physical space, and their fears are probably founded.

So unlike our heroine, the very

Wow! I just now finished this and I'm sort of speechless, in a good way, but now somehow I have to form a coherent review.

Every April 24th, St. Mark's Eve, Blue Sargent and her psychic mother wait in an old church yard to see the spirits of anyone who will die in the next twelve months. When Blue shows up to write down the locals names, it's the first time she actually sees one of the spirits, a boy that is clearly a student of Aglionby, the local private school of Henrietta's privileged. When
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The Raven Boys is not a book you can just breeze through and immediately forget. Once again Maggie Stiefvater wrote a story that refuses to be categorized, or even properly described. For me, discovering it and its characters was a slow process. It was like scratching off a lottery ticket when you have no coin to scratch with, so you use your fingernails, and it’s messy and infuriating right up until the point you uncover it all and realize you’ve actually won. That’s what The Raven Boys really ...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Just finished re-reading this and it was even more wonderful the second time. I loved it the first time I read it, but I was confused by a few things ... and reading it a second time it was way less confusing, I think because I already knew what all the major plot twists were and whatnot. Anyway ... now I'm going to re-read the second one in anticipation of the third one coming out soon-ish.

I plan to write a new review of this eventually, but my old review is under the spoiler below.

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On feathered wings,
just truth no lies.
Out of the blue,
the raven flies.

Gansey's search,
dark woods grey vines,
the quest for favor
and ley lines.

Ronan's wrath
so hot, so deep.
His raven dreams
don't bring him sleep.

Poor Adam's fate
lies in his hand.
He always wants
not to depend.

For Noah's arch
you need to hear.
Feel his pain,
but never fear.

And Blue, my Blue,
I wish you well.
Please guard your heart,
where ravens dwell.

Four boys, four stars,
when in the end,
great characters
and ravens blend.

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“Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.”

I have to say, if I hadn't been able to warm up to the characters, this book would've been skimming two stars from me. No matter how intriguing the plot is and how well the world-building is done, if a character gets on my nerves, it's g
A little over a month ago, I finished my first Stiefvater novel, The Scorpio Races and ever since, The Raven Boys has, quite unexpectedly really, become one of my most anticipated books of the year. While The Raven Boys most certainly did not disappoint, I found myself to be strangely disappointed. Yet, this, by no means, means that The Raven Boys is a bad book - quite the contrary in fact. It's an atmospheric tale whose crazy story will suck you in, whose characters will become your friends, an ...more
Christine Riccio
SO SURPRISED at how much I ended up enjoying this,here's my extensive Booktalk/discussion: =D
Review (both on Goodreads and YouTube) coming soon.. I just need to gather my thoughts. Basically, AHHHHHHHH. CANT WAIT TO READ BOOK #2 SUPER SOON. THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE FANDOM. AHHH.
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Really good YA paranormal <--- Words that I don't usually group together.

This book was a surprisingly good read for me considering the glacially slow first 200 pages of this book. I almost wanted to put it down because there was so much build-up, yet nothing seemed to be happening. However, when the book took off (for me, at around 60%, honestly) I was absolutely glued to the pages.

Before I started this book, I expected it to be another whiny girl YA paranormal, complete with instalove and
Final rating: ★★★★☆/★★★★★

Wow, this was nice.....weird, but nice. ♥ 4.5 stars ♥ I always loved Maggie Stiefvater and her works (though i only read wolves of mercy falls ), i adored her characters the most. This proved to be far more interesting than Shiver. YAAAAAAAAAAAY XD. And no, it has no connection with Edgar Alan Poe (for that see Nevermore xD)-even though the opening was from the raven.

Next thing i wanted to say: i love the cover ♥

What i really loved was that it was third person view w
This was surprisingly good.

The writing was good and compelling and the storyline is very interesting and original. I mean, have you ever heard of ley lines? Well, neither had I but now I see they're very interesting, especially when mixed with some ya and romance stuff.

From the description of this book here on goodreads I thought that the romantic interest of the heroine would be Gansey but, no, he is not. At least, for now. Which is sad because I like these two, they fight like cat & dog a
Reading Stiefvater is exhilarating, humbling,and inspiring to me as a writer. She's just so damned original, so amazingly good, so unself-consciously bold.

Maura would say "That's the universe calling for you on line two, Orla" or something like that [...]. In the next room over, Orla was talking to either her boyfriend or one of the psychic hotline callers. With Orla it was difficult to tell the difference between the two sorts of calls. Both of them left Blue thinking she ought to shower afterwards.

”The Raven Boys” has been one of the books I anticipated so much that I placed a pretty early preorder on the hardcover. And, if you look at my statu
When I’m feeling pretty shoddy I have this thing I do where, basically, I get in bed and watch comedy panel shows. Sometimes it’s QI (XL if I’m feeling proper sad) , sometimes it’s Have I Got News For You…. Occasionally Mock the Week, depending on who’s on it.

A few weeks ago I was watching 8 Out of 10 Cats. I’m not sure which episode it was because I think it’s one of the older ones but, long story short, one of the questions was something along the lines of “73% of women would rather go out wit
Ash Wednesday
Dec 30, 2013 Ash Wednesday rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers with some degree of patience in their UF
The problem with being weird was that everyone else is normal

Coming off reading two books from the Unwind series in close succession then picking this up blind without reading the blurb, the first book in a series by an author I've never read anything from? I think I broke my brain transmission from the downshift.

I am a very…. anxious reader. If I can't get hooked in the first 25% of the book, more often than not, I start judging the rest of it under a less flattering light. The Raven
I originally rated this book 4 stars, but I have re-read this TWICE so far since then and. . . I kinda want to re-read it again. I gotta bump it up to 5 stars for that. And guys, have you seen THIS? Maggie Stiefvater herself wrote the recap for this book here!! I thought this was so awesome and I had a huge smile on my face the whole time I was reading this (and the recap for The Dream Thieves too). SO COOL! (if you haven’t read the books, don’t click on ...more
Colleen Houck
Wow this book was so well written. The language was so poetic. That's one of Maggie's great skills. I loved the character Gansey more than anyone else. My favorite things were the vision tree, the raven, and all of Blue's aunties. Such rich, wonderful characters!
Miluju Maggie, její styl, hloubku, rozvážnost. Zamilovala jsem se do jejích knih u první série Mercy falls. Ale zatímco, vlci na mě dýcháli spíš romantickou, snovou melancholií, havrani byli zcela odlišní. Maggie se podařilo stvořit mysteriózní, mýtické a někdy docela strašidelné dílo. A i když poslední trendy volají po rychlém a strhujícím ději, nabytém akcí, sexem, sprostými výrazy razící heslo čím více tím lépe. Maggie opět dokazuje, že to jde i jinak. Všechno, co v její knize najdete, buduje ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
This is one of those books I really wasn't sure about when I was told I had to read it for the Toronto Forever Young Adult Book Club. I am SO happy to say that I was totally wrong about it. This is one of the best, most creative paranormal books I've ever read. It's unique, it's different, and the writing is BEAUTIFUL.

The concept. Can I just say right here that this was not what I was expecting at all? There's a quest, and medieval history, and a little bit of mystery and intrigue, and awesome m
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New York Times bestselling author of The Shiver Trilogy, The Raven Cycle, and The Scorpio Races. Artist. Driver of things with wheels. Avid reader.

All of Maggie Stiefvater's life decisions have been based around her inability to be gainfully employed. Talking to yourself, staring into space, and coming to work in your pajamas are frowned upon when you're a waitress, calligraphy instructor, or tech
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Other Books in the Series

The Raven Cycle (4 books)
  • The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3)
  • Untitled (The Raven Cycle, #4)
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1) Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2) Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3) The Scorpio Races The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)

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